To allow visitors to browse artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection that would otherwise not be on display due to space restraints and create a space where the museum can experiment with collection interpretation using social media, games, and technology.
Supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Luce Foundation Center for American Art is a study center and visible storage facility displaying more than thirty-three hundred paintings, sculptures, miniatures, craft objects, and folk art pieces from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The center, which has occupied three floors of the museum's west wing since 2006, tells compelling stories, encourages exploration, and allows visitors to discover associations between works from different periods and in different media.
Outstanding Web Features:
The Luce Foundation Center for American Art Web site features downloadable activities for children and young adults, including handouts for scavenger hunts online as well as in the museum, artists' drawings, and a video of the center's programs in action. Visitors to the site can explore the artwork on display at the museum, save their favorite pieces in a virtual myCollection folder, and create their own scrapbook or explore other scrapbooks curated by museum staff. Site visitors can also watch video essays about various artists and their work and/or listen to short podcasts about different pieces in the collection.